I’m learning that when my heart is under a fiery test, it’s a precious grace from God. I’m not just talking about when life goes sideways, or when expectations aren’t met, but the deep and stretching fight of faith in the midst of spiritual drought, fog, and vicious temptation. I’m learning that in the midst of this, when my heart, mind, and soul start to falter, God’s purpose is to refine a faith more precious than gold that’s tested by fire. In this peculiar purification, God is preparing a heart that looks away from oneself and fixes value, confidence, and trust on Him alone—the sovereign Maker who gives life without end. This process is very painful and confusing, it could be described as walking through a dark cave—feeling out the rocks, smashing my head on things, and uncertain of where the end is. Praise be to God who numbers my days and has set this course for me, that I may know Him more intimately and seek His face as I wait for His glory and grace to be revealed in my life. Thank you for the dark clouds that reveal my weakness, for your comforting whisper that leads me through it, and the drought that makes thirsty—You work in this way that I might learn how to truly drink from Your fountain of living water.